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Gigabyte 7950 or Gigabyte 7970 Best Bang for buck?

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March 11, 2013 10:59:11 PM

So im going to be selling my old gpu a gtx 560 to my friend to upgrade to a better gpu and i cant decide between this http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Mini-Displayport-PCI-Exp... or the http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Radeon-Mini-Displayport-... i can afford the higher one but i only have around 420$ and ill be getting starcraft 2 eventually and if i buy the 7970 ill have to wait an additional month or so before i can afford that, so my question is does the 7970 justify the 70-$100 price difference, i dont mind waiting longer to buy starcraft 2 but only if the 7970 is worth it. Much Appreciated Jynxin

(also as a side note ill only be using one monitor, and will only be doing minimal overlclocking if any at all)

System specs

Intel i5 3570k @ 4.2Ghz
Antec Kuhler 620 cpu cooler
8gb ddr3 1600mhz ram
Asrock extreme 6 Mobo
Xfx 850w Pro semi modular psu
Fractal Design R4 Windowed
March 12, 2013 12:23:15 AM

The 7950 is fine. It's comparable to a 670 stock, so you should be able to play pretty much any game. However, if you have the money, spring for the 7970. You said yourself you don't mind waiting the extra month.
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March 12, 2013 1:50:37 AM

If you dont mind overclocking alittle bit the 7970 is not a good choice.save your money and get the game to.clock for clock your talking 3-5% difference in performance not worth the extra 70-100$ keep in mind the 7950 can overclock to the same clocks as a 7970 pretty much
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March 12, 2013 7:01:06 AM

But in his original post, he said he would only over clock a little, if at all, in which case, he would be better served with a 7970.
March 12, 2013 7:20:35 AM

A little overclock on a 7950 will have it match a 7970 easily. Tweak the voltage a little and you can easily pass the 7970ghz edition. Even if you're not overclocking, the 7950 is still a great card and more value for the money.
March 12, 2013 7:30:27 AM

AdioKIP said:
A little overclock on a 7950 will have it match a 7970 easily. Tweak the voltage a little and you can easily pass the 7970ghz edition. Even if you're not overclocking, the 7950 is still a great card and more value for the money.


Generally speaking, voltage tweaking is not considered OCing a little and if you OC both a little, they maintain their differences.
March 12, 2013 11:39:13 AM

Hey Thx guys i think im going to go for the 7950 unless the 7970 gets within $30 of the 7950 or something crazy like that, i rather spend the time researching the 7950 and how to overclock it and save myself some money thx again guys.
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